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As a Generation “X” kid, I grew up like many others idolizing professional wrestlers.  In the early 80’s, Wrestlemania was born and pro wrestling took on the national stage with the WWF.  I couldn’t wait until Saturday morning to turn on WWF Superstars, catch the occasional Saturday Night Main Event on MSG Network, and beg my parents to fork over the $40 to let me and my friends get Summer Slam on pay-per-view.

Thanks to Bobby Riedel of Integrity Bookings , I was able to speak with one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time.  Greg “The Hammer” Valentine’s career has spanned over 35 years and he was elected to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.  We touch on subjects such as his Hall of Fame induction, his  pre-WWF years, “The Wrestler” and a few other things.  I had such a great time talking with Mr. Valentine and I hope you enjoy our conversation.

Matt Harris didn't mind wearing the enemy's uniform.

Due to some great feedback from my readers, one of the suggestions that I had gotten was to try to get an interview with a professional athlete.  When I was thinking about how I would go about that, I said to myself, “I know it’s going to be tough to get an athlete to answer an E-mail about an interview, or to get in contact with a professional organization.  But what if I interviewed someone who is involved in pro sports that someone might not notice?”   I was thinking about an umpire, referee, or maybe a front office type employee?  Well, thanks to a reader (We’ll call him “Point Five”), I got into contact with someone who has done something that almost every young kid has dreamed about doing.

I got the chance to have an e-mail conversation with Matt Harris, who was the bat-boy (don’t call him that) for the New York Mets from 2006 thru parts of 2009.  Here is the interview…

Total Sports Blog: How did you get the job?

Matt Harris: During the Junior year at SUNY Cortland in one of my Sports Management classes, a person in my group used to have a job, and he gave me the contact info.

TSB: Are you a Mets Fan?

MH: No, I was born and raised a Yankee fan, a pretty passionate one at that.  I think this helped in a way, cause I was able to keep a better fan/employee balance.

TSB: Are you still the bat-boy?

MH: I am not currently the bat boy, or employed by the New York Mets.  I worked the 2006, 07, 08, and briefly in 09.

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